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Depending on their original training and the admission procedure, students can choose their status: student, apprentice or civil servant. This choice is made at the time of the competitive entrance exam: when choosing schools for the CPGE external competitive entrance exams, or when registering for admissions based on qualifications. Each status has its own specificities. 

For professionals, the ENGEES engineering diploma can also be obtained through Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience (VAE). 


Student status

Civil servant status

Apprentice status

Number of hours of in-class teaching

1800 hours of training ( lectures, practical work, group projects)

1550 hours of training at ENGEES (pracitcal work, lectures)


  • 8 to 10 months of internships spread over the 3 years
    • internship agreements
    • internship supervisors
    • an essay and oral presentation for long internships (SPI, TFE)
  • Tutored project

15 day/15 day sandwich course starting in November of the first year, in a company or local authority (the same structure for the 3 years)

  • an apprenticeship contract with the host organisation
  • an apprenticeship supervisor
  • an essay and an oral presentation of the final year work 

3rd year

A 3rd (final) year in one of the 7 specialisation courses at ENGEES, or in a partner establishment in France or abroad

Students can complete their 3rd year by doing an apprenticeship via a professional training contract 
(See specific conditions)

A 3rd (final) year in one of the 7 specialisation courses at ENGEES, or in a partner establishment in France or abroad (except for double degrees that extend the course)

A 3rd (final) year in one of the 7 specialisation courses at ENGEES.

Apprentices following the Waste specialisation course will have teaching units covering the subject from their first engineering year.


Compulsory mobility of at least one semester during an internship or during the 2nd and/or 3rd year

Compulsory mobility of at least one semester during an internship or during the 2nd and/or 3rd year

Compulsory 9-week mobility period within the apprenticeship structure (or subsidiary)



A salary throughout the training period

An apprentice's salary

Tuiton fees

Tuition fees due each year (except for scholarship holders)



Career opportunities

A wide range of national and international career opportunities 

8 years due to the State after graduation. Choice of a first position in a government department from a closed list. 

A wide range of national and international career opportunities 


The practical engineering internship (SPI) or final year work (TFE) can be carried out in a research laboratory. Some students do a PhD after graduation

Possibility of continuing on to a doctorate via a FCPR (complementary training through research)

 Some apprentices do a PhD after graduating

Eligible profiles

All fields of study admitted by ENGEES

Places are limited to BCPST (Biology, chemistry, physics and earth sciences), MP (mathematics-physics), PC (physics and chemistry) and PSI (physics and engineering sciences) preparatory classes students 

All fields of study admitted by ENGEES except TSI (technology and industrial sciences), PT (physics and technology), MPI (mathematics, physics and computing), TB (technology and biology) preparatory classes students (and bachelor's degrees via the B-Bio entrance examination)

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More information on civil servant status

More information on apprenticeship


Civil-servant student

ENGEES engineering training can be followed under the status of civil servant student (more precisely, Agricultural and Environmental Engineer student), subject to the opening of a position. Civil servant students follow the same training as students in the initial engineering training program (FI), and are awarded the same diploma, the "ENGEES engineering diploma".

For who?

Civil servant status is only available to candidates who have passed the competitive entrance exams for the CCINP and G2E grandes écoles, and who can choose this status during the "vœux" (choice) period.

For the start of the 2023 academic year, 20 positions are available for the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion (8 BCPST places, 4 MP places, 4 PC places, 4 PSI places).

The training

he training is identical to that for students, and civil servant students can take the same in-depth courses at ENGEES from the second year. Engineering students can also choose to complete their 3rd year at a partner institution and take a double-diploma, provided this does not require an additional year of study (this excludes most double-diploma engineering/engineering programs).

Civil servant students pay no tuition fees, and are salaried employees of the state during their training. Upon graduation, civil servant students are granted tenure and join the IAE corps (agricultural and environmental engineers).

The initial engineering training program (FI)

(1st year internships are modified for civil servant students: they take a one-week work placement in December and a 4-week job discovery placement in July).

Commitment and assignment

ENGEES civil servant students undertake to serve the State for 8 years after graduation, within the departments of the Ministry of the Environment. They must accept a position in a government department, DDT, DREAL...., upon graduation. This choice is made during the 3rd year from a closed list of positions.

Examples of positions awarded in previous years:

  • Natura 2000 resource manager - DREAL
  • Head of water and risk office - DDT
  • Rainwater sanitation project manager, water department - DGALN
  • Flood risk officer - DREAL
  • Head of aquatic environments, water and subsoil department - DRIEE
  • Rivers administration manager - water department - DGALN
  • Water and sanitation planning officer - water and subsoil department - DRIEE
  • Assistant water policy and planning unit - DDT
  • Biodiversity protection officer - DREAL

To find out more: Decree no. 2006-8 of January 4, 2006 on the special status of the corps of agricultural and environmental engineers.




Competitive Examinations Department - Wendy CUNJAMALAY
Tel: +33 3 88 24 82 75